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$200 sandwich??

Discussion in '$20 Trick Section' started by Ruark, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. dglen

    dglen Low-Roller

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    This all depends on occupancy at the time you check in, if you ask and are polite, know what you are asking for you have a better chance of getting an upgrade.

    I have never bribed the check in agent and have received an upgrade more times than not, I do usually check in on a Sunday however and I am sure that plays a big part in that.
     
  2. coolpacific

    coolpacific Low-Roller

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    I ask for exactly what I want. While the agent is busy clicking away I will thank him/her for checking into it and ask if they are allowed to accept gratuities. If I get what I am after, I tip accordingly.
     
  3. Persistent Cat

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    We did $120 at the Bellagio for a 7-night stay and got a gorgeous upgrade. Was cheaper than paying for the actual room.

    Have a 9-night stay coming up next month and we'll do the same again.
     
  4. leo21

    leo21 VIP Whale

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    CET did try and crack down on tips, especially on hot room categories like the GO rooms or Red Rooms. They did recognize that they were losing revenue not upselling for more per night. But it seems like they really haven't been able to maintain the program. I doubt the average take home is 100K+. However, there are going to be a lot of George types throwing money at anyone they see and I wouldn't be shocked if someone doing VIP check ins wouldn't make huge tips without even having to secure upgrades.
     
  5. lotso-bear

    lotso-bear VIP Whale

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    I've never heard of FD agents in LV making this much money. I have a good number of friends who work at the resorts (including the luxury hotels) and at the corporate offices too.

    I'd believe $50K a year but definitely not $100K+. If this was the case then most of the other higher-end casino FD agents would be making the same.
     
  6. wigwam_salesman

    wigwam_salesman VIP Whale

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    Corporate people generally earn a lot less than the agents. My friend is in charge of the agents at cp and earns less than them. How do you know what your friends earn? I never discuss salary with my friends. I only know about agents because it was discussed arbitrarily with someone who isn't an agent.
     
  7. MIA_305

    MIA_305 Tourist

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    Stayed at the MonteCarlo this past week. The $20.00 was enough. Got me an upgrade from the 6th floor to a strip view on the 20th. She couldn't get us a suite due to the hotel being super packed because of Nascar. Next time I will repeat the $20.00 Sandwich.
     
  8. Mizzou233

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    I have no idea whether any of the front desk agents make 100k per year or not. It's possible they could make something close to that, albeit not "taxable" income. If they're getting tipped under the table so to speak, in cash, then I doubt that's something they're reporting on their taxes. Their W2 might show 40k, but their actual annual earnings may be quite a bit different.

    I have used a $20 or $40 sandwich on several different occasions. The only time it didn't work was at Harrah's, and I think that was more of a "we're full" type of situation. If you're staying for 3 or 4 nights during the week, and their isn't some sort of major convention in town, then your chances are pretty good.

    I've never done $100, but I'm a firm believer that in Vegas, money talks. Want to get a better room, or not wait in line, or a better seat at a show? A nice tip will get you a long way. I only know this through personal experience. Just my two cents.
     
  9. Phindaddy

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    I have used a $100 Bill when I had a 'Casino Rate' of 49 or 59 dollars and was staying at the Mirage for 5 nights, Sunday-Friday, it ALWAYS got me a one bedroom Tower Suite. So I paid $20 per night for the suite upgrade, to me it was well worth it.

    The $20 trick has only failed me once out of maybe 20 times at the car rental lots. Reserve the cheapest car and drive away in a SUV.
     
  10. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Remember that front desk people have limited latitude when "upgrading". If you had booked an economy king and suddenly got put into a Forum Emperor Suite (from $1600/night), I would imaging that there would be red flags in the system.
     
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  11. Camp Rusty

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    I have never tried at a rental car place.........please tell me more. Same dynamic ?

    I'd easily tip twenty for an uprade, and another twenty to avoid the insurance sell !

    Thanks :beer:
     
  12. dmr

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    One thing our resident TA has taught us is that quite a few agencies do not actually have "economy" cars even though the web sites will take reservations for them. In LV, Enterprise and I think Dollar was the other one. Anyway, if you reserve an economy car, those places will simply give you what they have. I seldom if ever really need more than an economy car so that's the one I almost always reserve (except for a few cases lately where a compact has been cheaper than economy on the sites) and 9 times out of 8 I end up with a compact or mid size.

    OBTW, Enterprise and Avis seem to be low-key on pushing insurance lately.
     
  13. sn1ffb0

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    I tried a $100 once and got to check in 4 hours early and put me in a strip view room. Worth it to me.
     
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  14. tommy JC Nguyen

    tommy JC Nguyen Low-Roller

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    200 dollar sanwiches better land u a penthouse

    lol that alot for tips..not even high grade above stripper would cost that much
     
  15. mrem3200

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    Funny that you mention that. Just 2 days ago I rented from the Enterprise at the Westin on Flamingo. I reserved an economy car. When I got there this is how the conversation went:

    Him: "How many people are you going to have in the car?"
    Me: "Just 2 of us"
    Him: "Would it be ok if we upgraded you to a convertible Mustang for the same price?"
    Me: "Ok".

    As far as the insurance goes he did ask if I wanted it, when I said no that was the end of the conversation.
     
  16. Rush

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    Sign up for whatever the company's Fast Lane program is. Walk up to the kiosk, they tell you to take any car from section 'x'. (The cheap section)

    Now, walk over to the section of really nice cars, and drive off in one of those. No $20 trick needed!
     
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  17. gs32794

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    Will be trying a sandwich next month. Reserved a Forum king, but need 2 beds and want a better tower near pool. I'll report how it goes. Last time $20 took me from Roman king to Forum spa.


    This is good news. I will be renting from Enterprise at the Westin next month. Once, only once, I fell for the " your insurance is no good in Nevada" scam at Dollar. The next rental I had at LAS, an Alamo agent tried the same thing. Didn't work. Agents elsewhere have been pushy, but LAS is the only place where I've been lied to about it.
     
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  18. Gino

    Gino "The King of Inappropriate."

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    I did the $100 trick at The Golden Nugget, and it got me a Spa Tower Suite with pool view. I did it at The Delano 2 years ago and it got me from a "Run of The House" room to a scenic suite strip view. I will probably do it again this November at Bellagio, see what the old charm and a crisp hundo can do for me there. I'm a big believer in the bigger the upgrade you're shooting for, the bigger your sammich needs to be.
     
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    Without coming off as being too greedy, has anyone tried using a $50 or $100 to upgrade 2 rooms on the same reservation?
     
  20. PAGM

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    yeah kinda figured but hey I did get the room comped and airline tickets only cost me $20.00, so trying the $20.00 trick will not break me either way. Will be at Harrah's on the following Monday, so will try it there as well also another 3 nights comped. then off to Excaliber to round out last 4 nights comped, will try it there as well. any other suggestions for the other 2 places??